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When Did Shopping Become an Olympic Sport?

March 18, 2012

When I preached the other week about the links between rapacious capitalism and a sporting mentality, I had no idea my words would come so true so soon. The following is from the Keep Sunday Special website. Visit the site; sign the petition; and watch this space:

Rumours that Sunday trading legislation will be relaxed for the duration  of the Olympic Games are profoundly worrying. The Keep Sunday Special Campaign totally opposes any plans to amend Sunday trading laws in the context of the Olympics. Such a move would be unnecessary and merely a cover for creeping deregulation.

David Cameron came into government promising to makethis country the most family friendly in Europe. But over one million familie share at least one parent working on both weekend days, meaning they have little time to spend with their children at a time when they are not at school. Research by the National Centre for Social Research has shown that Sunday working has a detrimental impact on fathers’ time with their children, especially on playing, reading and teaching.

KSS has always promoted Sundays as a day for shared activities. No changes to Sunday Trading legislation are needed to enable all Olympic visitors to have a great day out enjoying time with family and friends. When did shopping become an Olympic sport? Why are the Olympics deemed to be a special case?

Nor will the proposed changes do anything to increase economic growth as all the evidence suggests that existing spending would not increase but simply be spread over a longer period. And many government sevices, both local and national, would need to function if there was further deregulation.

It is KSS’s view that primary legislation would be needed to change the law on Sunday trading. It would be shameful indeed if Parliament allowed a change to be pushed through in the context of the Budget, especially as there was consultation on Sunday Trading only last year which showed conclusively that there was no appetite to change the law.



3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jack permalink
    March 21, 2012 10:51 am

    In essence I like this campaign, to keep Sunday special – we need one day in the week to relax and rest from all the stress of the week.
    But is this campaign not a little too late? We already have come to expect Radio broadcasts, Petrol Stations, TV shows and so much more to provide for our needs on a Sunday – plus all the essentials like hospitals, water companies etc etc etc.

    The list goes on, full of essential and luxury items/services that we assume will be available on a Sunday… will a local clothes shop really make that much of a difference?

    We need a day special but how about we tackle the whole issue and campaign for a reduction in services rather than just maintaining the current middle-ground?


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